Disruptive Investment Group to increase stake to 100% in property marketplace iBuyNew.com.au

Disruptive Investment Group to increase stake to 100% in property marketplace iBuyNew.com.au
Disruptive Investment Group to increase stake to 100% in property marketplace iBuyNew.com.au

Technology investment company Disruptive Investment Group Limited has decided to increase its stake in off-the-plan property marketplace iBuyNew.com.au to 100% for $5.9 million. 

DVI owns a 50% stake in Find Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (FSA), the owner of iBuyNew, with an option to acquire the remaining 50% in 2019.

DVI's Board recently announced that DVI has entered into a binding term sheet (Term Sheet) to accelerate the exercise of this option to acquire the remaining stake. 

The FSA stake of $5.9 million (comprising both cash and DVI stock) implies an enterprise value of $11.8 million for iBuyNew (IBN). Additionally, the vendors of FSA have warranted that IBN has at least $2 million in deferred cash income comprising expected commissions to be paid on settlement of various contracted property purchases.

The deal is expected to be completed before July this year subject to approval from shareholders.

iBuyNew connects prospective buyers of property in Australia with more than 2,700 new and off the plan (OTP) properties.

Founder and CEO Mark Mendel will continue to lead the business and has agreed to accept nearly 75% of the purchase price ($4.4m) in DVI scrip. The cash of $1.5 million will be paid in three tranches.

He will also join the DVI board as an executive director subject to shareholder approval. 

“We are very pleased to have entered into this binding Term Sheet. iBuyNew is a technology business disrupting a huge industry in a remarkable way, and Mark Mendel has proven to be a strong and capable operator. Revenue is increasing rapidly, the business is delivering earnings, and we have a huge market to conquer,” said Dr Adir Shiffman, non-executive director and chairman. 

DVI will issue 245.75 million shares at 1.8c per share which will be subject to escrow restrictions for 24 months post completion.

Andrew Jensen, currently a non-executive director of DVI, will become an executive director of DVI.

 Mark Mendel is founder and chief executive officer of iBuyNew, recently wrote there’s nothing worse than paying a substantial amount of money for a property that will drain your pockets rather than line them.

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